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Bram Heemskerk

10 days of rehearsals + 5 days of concerts +7 minutes Henri Vieuxtemps

April 24, 2007 at 11:05 AM

From monday 14 april till 24 april I had every day an orchestral rehearsal (combined with a normal 9-5 job). From 25 april till 29 april 5 days of concerts. Last weekend I had 2 rehaersal weekends of 2 orchestra's (14 and 15 april was also rehaersal weekend). So I missed 1 rehearsalweekend. The other weekend was from a good and serious and high level orchestra. I asked whether I could leave at 14.30, because a former Glazunovsoloist Helbertine

would play some of my favorite composer Henri Vieuxtemps, during 7 minutes (I gave her the music). But the committee was severe. I was not allowed to hear that, otherwise I was not allowed to play the concerts. But the conductor stopped not at 17.00 hour but at 16.00 hour, so I drove fast to the middaychamberconcert of Helbertine about 1 hour and entered the little synagogue just after the break. And she played with a pianist my favorite composer

Here again some photo's I made earlier when I was in the birthplace of Henri Vieuxtemps in Verviers, Belgium, Europe

2 glasses of Vieuxtemps beer

2 pigeons on the statue

1 strange man has put 2 Vieux Tempsbeer bottles on the statue

Henri Vieuxtemps leaning on a desk with his violin

map of Verviers in Belgium, Europe, where I was for those photo's, with places of the grave, the statue and the Rue Henri Vieuxtemps
From Ben Clapton
Posted on April 24, 2007 at 3:28 PM
I have always been on the look out for this Viextemps beer, yet have not been able to find anywhere that sells it. I guess I'm going to have to find an excuse to visit Europe (what a shame) so that I can down a glass with Bram.

Or is downing a glass with Bram of Viextemps Beer enough of an excuse to visit Europe?

From Linda Lerskier
Posted on April 24, 2007 at 7:57 PM
Surely a single glass is not enough. ;)

Bram, you are the only person I can think of who has toasted with a statue. Keep it up!

From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on April 24, 2007 at 9:41 PM
Europe is fine, always good enough for a visit, Ben, with a lot of classical music history, but I can also sent you a bottle VT-beer if you give your postaddress. I can not get VT-beer in the Netherlands north of Belgium, but I know an address just over the border in Belgium where I buy my crates.The brewer of VT-beer is now Inbev.
From Jim W. Miller
Posted on April 25, 2007 at 6:59 PM
Didn't you do this same thing last month?
From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on April 25, 2007 at 9:46 PM
I earlier show the photo's of Verviers, but after hearing Vieuxtemps 7 minutes during a concert I had a motive to show the rest of the photo's of that day.

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